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In this issue:

What can ACSM members do for students?
Q&A: ACSM's partnership with NSF International
ACSM Fellow, initiative featured on 60 Minutes
ACSM to offer new group exercise instructor certification
Policy Corner: ACSM advocates for guidelines updates
Reminder: Annual Meeting, EIM World Congress abstract deadline
"Clean competition" grant available
Sports medicine & exercise science headlines


What can ACSM members do for students?
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Membership in the American College of Sports Medicine gives students a wide spectrum of sports medicine and exercise science opportunities beyond the classroom. ACSM connects students to educators, researchers, clinicians and health and fitness professionals like no other organization can, and offers career and research guidance for students across many disciplines.

Free Career Webinars, a degree guide to help identify graduate program opportunities, and an online job center are just a few of the complimentary benefits of a student membership. Tell a student about the benefits of ACSM today and direct them to www.acsm.org/join to get started.

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Q&A: ACSM'S partnership with NSF International
Collaboration will help develop standards for health/fitness facilities
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Last month, SMB reported on a new partnership with NSF International, the world leader in standards development, product certification, education, and risk-management for public health and safety. The partnership utilizes ACSM's guidelines for health and fitness facilities to create an NSF standard and certification for these facilities, enhancing the credibility of health clubs and creating higher demand for ACSM-certified professionals.

ACSM members Walt Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, and Stephen Tharrett, M.S., ACSM Program Director, serve as chair and vice-chair, respectively, of the NSF joint committee that established the partnership. In addition, ACSM members are invited to comment on the draft NSF standard for health and fitness facilities.

Q: What is in this NSF draft standard and how does it relate to ACSM's goals and members interests?

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ACSM fellow, initiative featured on 60 Minutes
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As mentioned in last week's Sports Medicine Bulletin, ACSM is diligently working to enhance safety and concussion prevention in youth sports. At the 2009 ACSM Annual Meeting in Seattle, ACSM announced this commitment, cemented by the passage of a Washington state law requiring athletes to be removed from play after suffering a suspected concussion until examined by a medical professional. "The Lystedt Law" is inspired by Zackery Lystedt, a Washington teenager who suffered a debilitating head injury in a middle-school football game after returning to play following a suspected concussion. Stan Herring, M.D., FACSM, who has been working with the Lystedt family, has been a key conduit to the law's passage and ACSM's involvement.

Lystedt and ACSM Fellow Robert Cantu, M.D., FACSM, an internationally respected neurosurgeon specializing in head injury and trauma, were recently featured on the nationally syndicated television program "60 Minutes." ACSM will continue to work on advocacy and education initiatives related to concussion and head injury prevention.

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"ACSM certified group exercise instructor" certification to be offered
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This fall, ACSM will unveil its newest certification option: the ACSM Certified Group Exercise Instructor. This offering will be a "core" certification alongside ACSM's other four main certifications: Personal Trainer, Health Fitness Specialist, Clinical Exercise Specialist, and Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist.

ACSM has significantly grown its certification programs in 2009. In addition to the Certified Group Exercise Instructor, specialty certifications were also developed to enable fitness professionals to work with cancer patients and survivors, those with disabilities, and to promote public health.

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Policy Corner: ACSM advocates for guidelines updates
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One year ago, in October 2008, the U.S. government issued the first-ever federal physical activity guidelines for the public. Several ACSM members, including ACSM physical activity recommendations lead author William Haskell, Ph.D., FACSM, served on the writing committee for the federal guidelines.

Now, a bill will be introduced calling for updates to these guidelines every five years, similar to federal nutritional guidelines. ACSM encourages these regular updates, in order to bring the public, organizations and health professionals the most scientifically up-to-date information on physical activity and to help keep exercise consistently visible to both elected officials and the public. The bill is expected to be formally introduced in Congress late this week. Subsequent to the introduction, calls to action will be sent to ACSM members so that elected officials can hear the voice of the College when deliberating on the passage of the bill.

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Reminder: Annual Meeting, EIM World Congress Abstract Deadline
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Submit your abstracts for the 2010 ACSM Annual Meeting and inaugural World Congress on Exercise is Medicine! These two conferences will bring together the brightest international minds in sports medicine, exercise science, physical activity and public health. Abstracts are due Nov. 2. Click here to easily submit your abstract online. More
"Clean competition" grant available
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ACSM's membership comprises numerous professionals committed to legal, ethical competition. And now, members are eligible for a grant to receive funding for conducting research in the area of anti-doping through the Partnership for Clean Competition. The Partnership comprises representatives from Major League Baseball, the National Football League,the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, and others.

The deadline to submit pre-applications is Nov. 1, 2009. Full grant applications for selected research projects will be due Dec. 1, 2009. The research call closely aligns with the mission of Professionals Against Doping in Sports, an ACSM-created coalition of organizations that includes the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Click here to read more about the grant opportunity and submit pre-applications.

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Exercise and Science Headlines

Vitamin D helps prevent falls in seniors
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A daily high-dose vitamin D supplement can reduce the risk of falls in seniors, say researchers who reviewed the findings of eight fall prevention studies involving participants aged 65 and older. More
Physical activity in adolescence associated with decreased risk of brain cancer in adulthood
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While little is known about the causes of glioma, researchers at the National Cancer Institute have found that this rare but often deadly form of brain cancer may be linked to early life physical activity and height. More

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